Barry's Relatively Speaking: Third Time Was The "Charm"

Posted on Dec 04, 2012

Barry's Relatively Speaking shares the personal experiences and stories of genealogists found in the Everton Genealogical Helper Magazine collection on MyGenShare.com. W. Stepp shares the following experience.

Recently, after spending hours scanning microfilm in the public library, I gave up having failed to find any trace of my ancestors who were supposed to be in that Virginia county in that census year. The lady sitting next to me commented on my discouraged look and added that it was easy to miss a name and advised that I rescan. I took her advice, re-scanned the film and ended up more discouraged than ever after failing again. It is difficult to describe the uncomfortable feeling I had as 1 prepared to leave — as if someone or something was telling me not to give up. The feeling grew so strong that it stopped me at the library exit door, turned me around and sent me back to the genealogy section where I again checked out the film in question. I had not been scanning over ten minutes when all four names of my people leaped up at me as if by magic. The feeling that came over me then was easier to describe. It seemed to say, "We were here all the time, but it was very difficult to convince you."

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